And this, of course, is what has happened with Alice Munro, who has also announced her retirement from writing. She is a worthy winner, a very fine writer indeed. What I am particularly pleased about, since I'm a short story writer myself, is that a writer who is primarily known for her short fiction has won. Too often short stories are the poor relation of the novel, and I don't understand why. There is a purity about the short story that is very difficult to achieve and very satisfying to read.
Congratulations to Alice Munro.